Dancing around the Christmas songs: sheet music for carol singers & players

The books range from illustrated songbooks, to instrumental sheet music. Dive into the library’s wide range of song books and sheet music and find the hidden gems. You can search the catalogue for more carol sheet music.

Usborne Christmas songbook
“A fabulous clothbound hardback book with simple arrangements of traditional Christmas music for voice and piano. There are lyrics for all the carols, and chords for playing on a guitar, and the melody line can also be played on a recorder or violin. A charmingly illustrated collection of traditional Christmas carols , in a luxurious clothbound edition including sheet music and song lyrics. This book is good for very young audience to learn the songs as well as the professionals. ” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

The Christmas guitar big book : 100 great songs and carols
“Alfred’s Guitar Big Book series presents the best songs of each decade and each genre in complete note-for-note guitar tab transcriptions. Most books in the series are well over 250 pages and contain 30 to 40 or more songs each. With over 20 books in the series, the Big Books are a great way to build a complete reference library of all your favorite songs. Titles in this 100-song collection include (and these are just the “I”s): I Believe in Santa Claus * I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day  .” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Simple Christmas carols : the easiest easy piano songs.
“(Easy Piano Songbook). Play 50 classic carols in the easiest of arrangements, presented simply, with lyrics. Includes: Away in a Manger * Deck the Hall * Ding dong! Merrily on high*  The First Noel * Go, Tell It on the Mountain* Good King Wenceslas * Hark The Herald Angels Sing * It Came upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * O Holy Night * O Christmas tree *O come, all ye faithful Silent Night * The Twelve Days of Christmas * What Child Is This? * and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

100 most beautiful Christmas songs.
“Songs include: All is well — Almost there — Angels from the realms of glory — Angels we have heard on high — As long as there’s Christmas : from Beauty and the Beast, the enchanted Christmas — Away in a manger — Baby, it’s cold outside : from the motion picture Neptune’s daughter — Because it’s Christmas : (For all the children) — Believe : from Warner Bros. Pictures’ The Polar Express — The birthday of a King — Blue Christmas. And more. (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Christmas carols.
“(Super Easy Songbook). It’s super easy This series features accessible arrangements for piano, with simple right-hand melody, letter names inside each note, and basic left-hand chord diagrams. This edition includes 60 timeless carols: Away in a Manger * Coventry Carol * Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy, Op. 71a * The First Noel * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * Hark The Herald Angels Sing * It Came upon the Midnight Clear * Jingle Bells * Joy to the World * O Holy Night * Silent Night.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Christmas songs.
“(Strum Together). The Strum Together series enables players of five different instruments or any combination of them to “strum together” on over 40 great songs. This easy-to-use format features melody, lyrics, and chord diagrams for standard ukulele, baritone ukulele, guitar, mandolin, and banjo. Songs include: Angels We Have Heard on High * Away in a Manger * Blue Christmas * Deck the Hall * The First Noel * Go, Tell It on the Mountain * A Holly Jolly Christmas  and more.” (Adapted from the Catalogue)

Songbooks at Te Awe

Calling all musicians and aficionados of musical theatre! Did you know that we have a collection of Songbooks at our newest Central City branch, Te Awe Library on Brandon Street?

Before Central closed, it was home to a large collection of Songbooks and music Scores. These are all now available to reserve from our warehouse. But if you would like to browse some Songbooks in person, you can find them upstairs at Te Awe, nestled amongst the CD collection, and next to the music magazines. There is a great selection of songs held there including, rock, pop, standards, musicals, folk, and movie songs, with instructions for piano, vocal and guitar.

You can find our Te Awe branch just off Lambton Quay at 29 Brandon Street, or you can enter from Panama Street. In addition to the Songbooks and CDs upstairs, you will find young adult books, non-fiction and Māori books, DVDs and Blu-ray. On the ground floor there are magazines, a children’s area, adult fiction, large print, audiobooks, bestsellers, and a café! So take a look today!

Must-know classic songs at your fingertips! Find your favourite Songbooks at your Library.

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Look for your beloved songs, your favourite singer or band and the music you enjoy listening to when browsing through the Songbook Collection at the Wellington Central Library. Play the music you love at home or during gatherings with friends and relatives. With so many songs to choose from, you’ll always find a favourite!

Syndetics book coverPure heroine / Lorde.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). 17-year-old New Zealand newcomer Lorde released this, her debut album, in September 2013. It reached the top of the modern rock/alternative and rock albums charts, and the lead single “Royals” won the 2014 Grammy Award for Song of the Year and Best Pop Solo Performance. Our folio features this break-out hit plus nine other tunes: Buzzcut Season * 400 Lux * Ribs * Still Sane * Team * Tennis Court * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGlam rock : [25 outrageous songs from rock ‘n’ roll’s revolutionary era].
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Songbook). Hits from Bowie, Queen, Iggy, Alice Cooper, T. Rex and others Includes: Ballroom Blitz * Bang a Gong (Get It On) * Killer Queen * Lust for Life * Rebel, Rebel * Rock & Roll Part II (The Hey Song) * School’s Out * Slave to Love * Sweet Jane * We Are the Champions * We Will Rock You * Ziggy Stardust * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNumber ones / Michael Jackson.
“(Piano/Vocal/Guitar Artist Songbook). Features stunning color photos of Michael and P/V/G arrangements of all 18 songs. Titles are: Bad * Beat It * Billie Jean * Dirty Diana * Don’t Stop ‘Til You Get Enough * Man in the Mirror * Rock with You * Smooth Criminal * Thriller * and more. ” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverNature’s best 2, more of New Zealand’s top songs of all-time [music].
“A couple of years ago Music Sales published the matching songbook to the CD NATURES BEST: NEW ZEALAND’S TOP 30 SONGS OF ALL TIME. The matching songbook to the first album was so popular, Music Sales has been asked by music enthusiasts and retailers in New Zealand for another songbook with songs from the next two double albums. NATURES BEST 2: MORE OF NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SONGS OF ALL TIME is a selection of 30 songs from the CDs NATURES BEST: NEW ZEALAND’S TOP SONGS OF ALL TIME Volume 2 & Volume 3. Each song has been newly engraved for this songbook and features top line melody arrangements with guitar chord boxes and lyrics.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe big guitar chord songbook. More nineties hits.
“Sing and play all your favourite hits from the nineties. All the songs have been arranged in the original keys from the actual hit recordings, complete with full lyrics, guitar chord boxes and playing guide.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPower to the people : the hits / John Lennon.
“For voice and piano, with guitar chord symbols. Words and music mostly by John Lennon. “Includes free guitar tutorial DVD”–Cover

Syndetics book coverBruce Springsteen : sheet music anthology : piano, vocal, guitar.
“For music makers who love Bruce Springsteen, this collection features 29 sheet music arrangements that represent a more comprehensive span of Springsteen’s career than any other songbook can offer. Nearly 40 years of hits are contained within its pages, including 1970s favorites like “Blinded by the Light” and “Born to Run,” plus dozens more from the ’80s, ’90s, and beyond—all the way up to Working on a Dream (2009) and The Promise (2010). The unprecedented array of songs and carefully transcribed piano/vocal/guitar arrangements make this a must-own for Bruce Springsteen fans of all ages.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe music of Paul McCartney, 1973-2001 : piano, voice, guitar.
“This second bumper collection spans Paul McCartney’s career from Band on the Run through to his most recent album Driving Rain.All arranged for piano, voice and guitar.Band on the Run * Bluebird * Coming Up * Ebony and Ivory * From a Lover to a Friend * Jet * Let Em In * Mull of Kintyre * The Other Me * One of These Days * Pipes of Peace * Put It There * Say Say Say * Silly Love Songs * So Bad * With a Little Luck” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book cover150 of the most beautiful songs ever [music].
“This 3rd edition has been updated to feature 150 of the best ballads of all time! Includes: Always * Climb Ev’ry Mountain * Endless Love * Fields of Gold * Georgia on My Mind * How Deep Is Your Love * I’ll Be Seeing You * In the Still of the Night * Moon River * My Funny Valentine * People * Small World * Some Enchanted Evening * Tears in Heaven * Time in a Bottle * Unchained Melody * What a Wonderful World * When I Fall in Love * Yesterday * You Are So Beautiful * and more.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverGreat American songbook : complete : the best hits from timeless songwriters / arranged by Dan Coates.
“Some of the most famous selections from the Great American Songbook are included in this collection. These classic favorites, masterfully arranged by Dan Coates for advanced piano, sound rich and full and will delight audiences as well as provide hours of enjoyment for hobbyists, advancing students, professional musicians, or any “popular performer. Some of the included songs are; Anything Goes * Cry Me a River * Fly Me to the Moon * I Got Rhythm * In the Still of the Night * Singin’ in the Rain * Summertime” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)